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Columbia Restaurant

2117 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605-3903
+1 813-248-4961
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good25%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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Spanish, Cuban, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2117 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605-3903
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Big family gathering for dinner - plenty of great food for all, lovely restaurant with beautiful decor.

Thank Dor G
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Old school Cuban food in a great atmosphere with excellent service and large portions. The 1905 salad is s meal in its self and one of the best Cuban sandwich I have had could have sworn I was in Havana! Highly recommend!

Thank Jamie V
Reviewed 2 days ago

I love the atmosphere at this restaurant. It is recommended that you make reservations because it is very busy(even for lunch). The menu is full of great food. Service is exceptional. Try the Sangria...a must at the place!

Thank Kimberly M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were a couple of 4 people, going there for thanksgiving dinner, and as a Scandinavian, my expectations was not to high for a thanksgiving meal, but they surprise me a lot, it was great food, and a lovely place to eat at, next time...More

Thank Flemming P
Reviewed 3 days ago

A friend of mine knew in advance we would need reservations, so we made them for 8:30 on a Friday night and the restaurant was VERY BUSY. Last time she tried to go without them she was told it was 1 hour 45 minute wait....More

Thank Wendy H
Reviewed 4 days ago

We went to the Columbia Restaurant to celebrate my mother's birthday, and we all had a great time! The Flamenco Dancers were as beautiful as they were talented, the food was great, and the restaurant just seemed to go from room to room to room....More

Thank Kim H
Reviewed 4 days ago

The food is good. However, afterwards the server said the staff could call a taxi because my phone died. I was told it would be 15 to 20 minutes. After 25 minutes I was told that I needed to wait for them to recall the...More

Thank Sabrina L
Reviewed 4 days ago

We have always wanted to dine at the Columbia Restaurant, and we were finally able to this trip to Ybor City. We were not disappointed. The restaurant is beautiful. Great service and wonderful food. We did take in the floor show, and it was well...More

Thank CubsFan-TA
Reviewed 5 days ago

I went there alone for dinner and they were very accommodating despite been extremely visit during a weekly business visit.

Thank Carlos V
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We visited this restaurant after a long day at Busch Gardens. We had a reservation, which is a must at this restaurant. Even though when we were there it seemed that our reservation was lost. The way the manager handled the situation made us feel...More

Thank Maritza F
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Marian R
7 February 2017|
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Response from guestservices1905 | Property representative |
Yes, please call us at Columbia Ybor City at 813-248-4961 and we can make a reservation for you for our flamenco dinner and dance show. Shows are every night except Sunday.
brian p
25 January 2017|
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Response from guestservices1905 | Property representative |
We have several free parking lots surrounding the restaurant. And we offer valet parking at night. We have a free parking lot in front of the restaurant accessed by 22nd street. We also have 2 free parking lots behind and... More
5 January 2017|
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Response from guestservices1905 | Property representative |
We have 15 different dining rooms, so seating depends on many factors. We have flamenco dance shows every night during dinner, except on Sunday. If you have a reservation for the show, you will be seated in one of two dining... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 40
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2117 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605-3903
    (21st street)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa>  > Historic Ybor
  • Neighbourhood: Historic Ybor
  • Phone Number: +1 813-248-4961
  • E-mail
Open 365-days a year, including all holidays. Serving lunch and dinner daily. Reservations accepted. Children's menu available. In addition to award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine, Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City features Flamenco dance performances nightly, Monday - Saturday. There is no show on Sunday. The Café offers live jazz Tuesday through Saturday. The Hernandez Gonzmart family has been making restaurant history since 1905 when they opened their landmark Columbia Restaurant in Tampa's Historic Ybor City, which today is Florida's Oldest RestaurantSM. Today, 4th & 5th generation family members work hard to preserve the family's legacy that their great-grandfather Casimiro Hernandez, Sr. created over 112 years ago when he opened the Columbia as a corner café frequented by local cigar workers. Casual attire is fine, but we don't allow sleeveless shirts on men. Our guests enjoy many of the same century-old family recipes that have made the Columbia famous like Paella "a la Valenciana," Snapper "Alicante" Pompano en Papillot, The Original Cuban Sandwich, and Filet Mignon "Columbia". Don't miss Columbia's Original "1905" Salad(R), prepared tableside with our delicious, freshly-made dressing, a family recipe of fresh garlic, oregano, wine vinegar and Spanish extra virgin olive oil. Enjoy an ice cold pitcher of Sangria or Mojitos, or sample a fine Spanish wine like Montecillo or Campillo from our award-winning wine list.
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